Whether you’re a pie enthusiast or simply in search of a sweet treat for your holiday celebrations, this guide is your passport to savor the diverse, mouth-watering pie traditions across the United States.
The West Coast
San Francisco, CA
A rich culinary heritage lies beneath this bakery’s walls: its traditions were passed down to current owner Gillian Shaw Lundgren from her grandmother, starting in their very own home kitchen. The hidden gem for both locals and those in the know is a quintessential artisanal bakery that provides innovative flavored pies like Brown Sugar Buttermilk Pie, Spiced Miso Pecan Pie, and Cranberry Crumble Pie. The beloved community spot is the perfect place to order your next sweet treat, even offering various dietary options for those who are gluten-free and vegan.
(Greater Los Angeles Area)
For 35 years, Sweet Lady Jane has been a cherished bakery committed to using the best quality ingredients and timeless techniques for any occasion big or small. Founder Jane Lockhart, a self-taught baker, has been featured alongside Sweet Lady Jane treats in The Kelly Clarkson Show, goop, and Oprah.com. (Oprah deemed the Deep Dish Cherry Pie to be “simply extraordinary.”) The decadent menu is renowned for culinary excellence through meticulous artistic presentation and impeccable taste. Be sure to check out the limited edition Pecan Pie for your holiday needs.
Brooklyn-born Perrie Wilkof, the brains behind Ohio’s two Dough Mama locations, was trained in the art of exquisite pastry making at the International Culinary Center (The French Culinary Institute). The bakery doubles as a café, and is proud to support products and services from various local artists, farmers, and makers as part of its mission to create healthy and delectable treats. There is sure to be a flavor for everyone: the menu includes Chili Chocolate Pudding Pie, Salted Butterscotch Pie, and Blueberry Crumble Pie, just to name a few.
Chef Aya Fukai continues to redefine the world of sweets with her exploration of new flavor combinations and textures, resulting in an ever-evolving pastry menu for her loyal customers and dessert connoisseurs. The Michelin-starred pastry chef is known to fuse contemporary flavors such as matcha and black sesame with the classic croissant or macaroon. Aya Pastry offers glorious Thanksgiving pies, like the Spiced Pumpkin Pie with handmade crust, baked to golden brown perfection topped with beautifully landed vanilla bean whipped cream.
New Orleans, LA
In the vibrant city of New Orleans, La Boulangerie and Chef Donald Link stand as a pillar to the rich culinary heritage. The bakery is a blend of traditional French and Deep South style cuisine, showcases savory artisan breads, delectable desserts and tarts, pastries galore, and of course glorious pies. The adorned spot has a special Thanksgiving menu, in which pie lovers can choose from Key Lime Pie, Southern Pecan Pie, and the award-winning Salted Peanut Pie.
A self-proclaimed ‘pievangelist’, Briana Carson, serves the pie lovers’ needs for the past decade in Duluth, Georgia. The charming bakery has captured the hearts and palates of dessert enthusiasts across the region with unique twists on classics like Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Cream Pie, Pumpkin Pie and others. What keeps customers coming back is the option to feast on a mini version of a pie, so you don’t have to worry about compromising your favorite flavor to share with others.
The East Coast
(Greater Boston Area)
Calling all Massachusetts folks for this mighty Petsi Pie, an independent community-minded bakery with eight different locations to get your hands on the assortment of freshly made treats. The bakery partners with many local farm stands and specialty stores in the Boston area to make sure that every customer is within a pie-mile radius. The bakery features the classic flavors of Apple Crumble, Mixed Berry, and Brown Butter Pecan to fill up on, but be sure to leave room for one of their signature flavors: Chocolate Bourbon Pecan. The bittersweet chocolate filling, hints of bourbon in partnership with the rich chocolate ganache, topped off with toasted pecans can leave you dreaming about pies for years to come.
Crown Heights, Brooklyn was the birthplace of the critically renowned Four & Twenty Blackbirds bakery before expanding to the now-established Gowanus location. The Elsen sisters have received no shortage of recognition ― featured on Food Network, the Cooking Channel, the New York Times, and Martha Stewart Living among other outlets. Lucky locals have the option to order same-day whole pie or pie slices from the glorious roster of Salty Honey, Salted Caramel Apple, and seasonal fruit flavors. No need for out-of-towners to fret: the bakery also offers three flavors for nationwide shipping!